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UH basketball team comes back to win at UC Irvine

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:26 p.m. HST, Jan 25, 2014

Keith Shamburger was not to be denied on Saturday night for Hawaii.

The Rainbow Warriors point guard nailed an improbable, banked 3-pointer from beyond the top of the arc over 7-foot-6 UC Irvine center Mamadou Ndiaye to send the game into overtime, then hit the clinching free throws in the extra period to seal a 90-86 victory for UH, which swept its two-game road trip.

Shamburger finished with 17 points and 11 assists a day after attending his aunt's funeral in Los Angeles. He had the last word on a game that swung wildly, with UH up double figures in the first half and down by double figures in the second before a sold-out crowd at the 5,000-seat Bren Events Center.

UH improved to 14-5 overall and 3-2 in the Big West while dealing the Anteaters (13-8, 4-1) their first loss of league play. For the second straight road game, the entire UH starting five scored in double figures. This time, the first five accounted for all 90 points for the 'Bows, which was narrowly enough to outdo six Anteaters in double-figure scoring.

Sophomore forward Isaac Fotu scored a career-high 30 points in the victory on 13-for-16 shooting. He got the extra period started with a baseline jumper, then converted a three-point play on a lob over Ndiaye for an 83-82 lead.

UCI, which entered the game on a six-game winning streak, scored the next four points on consecutive baskets, but Christian Standhardinger (14 points) fouled out Ndiaye on a take to the basket and made both foul shots to cut UCI's lead to 86-85.

Garrett Nevels (19 points) hit a floater for an 87-86 lead with a minute left in OT and UH got a key stop on a missed drive by Alex Young coming out of an Anteaters timeout. 

UCI took a foul on Shamburger on the inbounds pass. He missed the first free throw and made the second with 22.4 seconds left for a two-point lead. UCI dribbled up and called its final timeout with 12.8 seconds left, and it went for the win. UCI's 3-point look rimmed out and the ball went out of bounds to UH.

Shamburger was fouled again and calmly drained two for the final margin, as UCI's desperation fullcourt heave was well off the mark and wouldn't have made a difference.

The Rainbow Warriors opened the game making their first eight shots for a 10-point lead, but UCI caught up by the end of the half, by going to a 2-3 zone defense the 'Bows struggled to solve during a 15-2 UCI run to close the period. 

Young capped the frenzy with a 40-foot running, banked 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer for a 43-38 Irvine lead at the break.

UH went the final 5:26 of the period without a field goal, while UCI wound up shooting 56 percent in the period after its slow start.

Fotu converted a three-point play to make it 61-58 at the midpoint of the second half. He then converted a layup on a fullcourt pass to cap a 9-0 run and force a UCI timeout.

Ndiaye throw down a dunk to end the run, but that's when UH went to a little Hack-a-Mamadou to close the gap a bit.

Standhardinger converted two free throws to make it 68-64 UCI with 6:07 to play. Brandon Spearman (10 points) made one of two free throws to cut the deficit to three, and Fotu scored on a lob from Shamburger to make it a 70-69 game with 4:30 to play, but Ndiaye threw down a putback dunk to extend the lead back to four.

UH cut it to three and got the ball back, but a 3-pointer to tie by Nevels was swatted out of bounds, setting up Shamburger's wild look coming out of a timeout.

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64hoo wrote:
WOW what a game, david against goliath. GO BOWS
on January 25,2014 | 06:45PM
entrkn wrote:
Excuse me but Hawaii is the Goliath and that's why we won and that's why the WARRIORS are the best team. Irvine has the tallest player in the NCAA but he is vulnerable to fouling out like he did. Hawaii should be going to the Big Dance this year and I expect them to win some of those games.
on January 25,2014 | 07:23PM
niimi wrote:
UCI has three seven footers, I believe, and they are physical inside. That 2-3 zone was troublesome for UH. But we solved it Luck is important with those bank shots.
on January 25,2014 | 10:38PM
Eradication wrote:
Where are the haters? Where are the "Fire the Gib" haters? Just like the coqui frogs in Hilo....they are silent tonight. Go Bows!
on January 25,2014 | 06:48PM
droid wrote:
It was never about “hating” Gib or even a critique on his coaching. It was always about his relationship with his players and his inability to retain talent. I hope this season is different. The Rainbow Warriors are playing great!

Let’s hope it doesn’t fall apart in the end like every other Arnold team before it.
on January 25,2014 | 07:29PM
EMS wrote:
Bandwagon fan.
on January 25,2014 | 08:04PM
Bumby wrote:
He never had a full team wth talent. Had 2 decent player each year. Not hearig much about those players who left When the team is winning there are less sh_t
on January 25,2014 | 08:33PM
niimi wrote:
Exactly. Salter. Wiseman. Among others.
on January 25,2014 | 10:43PM
niimi wrote:
It used to be that teachers, coaches all commanded respect. And it was up to the students or athletes to motivate the teacher or coach to teach them. Many students and athletes these days have this "all about me" mentality. That has no place here. In my business you don't have to like me, you just have to respect me. That is how I approach my work I don't need to be liked to succeed, only respected. So if certain kids don't respect their coach, it is the athlete's problem. You play hard because you want to play hard. If you don't to play hard, there's the door. And that is just fine with me.
on January 25,2014 | 10:42PM
Pocho wrote:
Let's Go Bows! Let's Go Bows! Let's Go Bows! Let's Go Bows!
on January 25,2014 | 06:49PM
entrkn wrote:
Even with Standhardinger's shooting going cold, Hawaii was the best team. If Standhardinger was playing his normal game, Hawaii would have won by more than 15 points. And since we are talking about winners and losers, I have to call the not star advertiser the biggest LOSER by far for virtually calling Irvine the better team and the sure winner...
on January 25,2014 | 07:13PM
berrygood wrote:
I still dont know how they got it to OT..I was following on my phone with ESPN and it show UH down with seconds left..I thought the game was over then I am getting texts that they won..WOW!..They really needed this win..What a great win..and a great road trip..Playing how they should be playing..This team has a lot of talent....Keep it going Bows!
on January 25,2014 | 09:08PM
NDN wrote:
Dave Reardon's recent comments regarding this UH basketball team were a bit pre-mature I think.
on January 25,2014 | 09:42PM
knockumdown wrote:
I got my flight and hotel reservations for the big west tournament who's coming with me. Lets show the NCAA that Hawaii can fill the seats just like we did at the sugar bowl. "Go Bows". This team is special.
on January 25,2014 | 11:35PM
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